Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 53–61 | Cite as

Genome instability in AZFc region on Y chromosome in leukocytes of fertile and infertile individuals following exposure to gamma radiation

  • Sahar Moghbeli-Nejad
  • Hossein Mozdarani
  • Mehrdad Behmanesh
  • Zahra Rezaiean
  • Parvin Fallahi



Men are exposed to various doses of ionizing radiation due to living in regions with high natural background radiation, accidentally, occupationally or for cancer treatment. To study genomic instability of AZFc region to gamma radiation, blood samples from normal, oligozoospermia, and azoospermia individuals were irradiated by a Co-60 source.


Irradiated cells were kept for 48 h in order to repair initial DNA damages. Real time PCR was performed for three markers (SY 1206, SY 1197, SY 579) for testing copy number variation before and after irradiation. Copy number variations were compared by calculation of cycle threshold comparative method.


Copy number variations of studied markers in AZFc region (microdeletion and duplication) in all samples after exposure to radiation increased with a dose dependent fashion. The frequency of instability was significantly higher in samples from infertile men in comparison with fertile ones (p < 0.001).


No significant difference was seen between the two infertile groups (p > 0.05). This observation might be a possible explanation for induction of azoospermia and oligozoospermia after radiotherapy. Increased frequency of induced microdeletion and duplication in infertile men compared with normal might be attributed to the deficiency in repair systems and the genetic factors involved in incomplete spermatogenesis of infertile men.


AZFc instability Gamma radiation Infertile men Leukocytes Real time PCR 



This work was supported by Research Department of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. The authors wish to express their sincere thanks to all patients and healthy individuals for their blood donation and kind contribution and Ms Zahra Tizmaghz for irradiation of samples.

Conflict of Interest statement

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sahar Moghbeli-Nejad
    • 1
  • Hossein Mozdarani
    • 1
  • Mehrdad Behmanesh
    • 2
  • Zahra Rezaiean
    • 3
  • Parvin Fallahi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medical SciencesTarbiat Modares UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Genetics, Faculty of Biological SciencesTarbiat Modares UniversityTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of InfertilityShariati HospitalTehranIran

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